Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 13

Watercolor Pencil Studies
Balloons Over NH

Welcome to "Friday Sketches".  This week has been all about Watercolor Pencils for me, so I thought I would share with you some simple landscape sketches that I drew using watercolor pencil and ink.


Watercolor Pencil Studies
Aussie Bush Shack, Dinner Plain, Vic

Watercolor pencils are so easy to carry around, and are the perfect tool for plain air or quick sketching.  I love them and I am excited to share all I know about them in my upcoming online class "Watercolor Pencils".  This class is the first in the new "Water Soluble Series" and goes live on September 18th.


Watercolor Pencil Studies
Portarlington Pier, Vic

There are only two days left to take advantage of the early bird special registration price which ends on May 30th.  If you have watercolor pencils in your tool box (as most of us do), and you'd like to learn how to make the most of them in every way, then this class is for you. 

No previous experience with sketching or with water color pencils is necessary.  I'll take you back to basics and show you the many different ways you can use them, both stand alone and with a host of other mediums.  It's a jam packed class and great value for money.


Friday Sketches BannerSo, thank you to everyone who shared their sketchbooks with us as part of last weeks "Friday Sketches".  Following are some of the fantastic work.  Be sure to click through to their blogs and let them know how much you appreciate their work.


In Laila's Corner
The Art Of Stamping
Hawkeseye's heART
Sketch with no name yet by Tori Beveridge 2014
Tori Beveridge
Pencil & Wing
Prachee :)
W14 5 22 peony journal_2_2
Katie Powell Art
Falling Ladies
Slip Cover
bird from R phone w border
Sentiments & Scrapbooks
Passion For Paper
If you'd like to join in on Friday Sketches, you can click the link below and share your sketchbook pages any time during the coming week.  Be sure to leave a link back to here in your SPECIFIC blog post (not your general blog URL), or your image caption if you do not have a blog.


(It's also Paint Party Friday, so get into your Artists Play Room and get Creative Every Day in your Art Journal Every Day.)

Thanks for joining in. xx

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Watercolor Pencil Blossoms

Blossom On The Branch

Watercolor Pencils are one of the most beautiful, elegant, and versatile mediums around.  Almost every artist has some in their art box, but not everyone uses them to their full potential.

Blossom On The Branch

Blossom On The Branch

Watercolor pencils are the unsung hero of art journaling and sketchbook art.  They are easy to carry around, no mess, vibrant, and always reliable.

From fine lines to delicate washes, they are an extraordinary medium.

Blossom On The Branch

Blossom On The Branch

Blossom On The Branch

An artist can achieve amazing detail and color tone just from the tip of the pencil.  A little water here, a scribble of pencil there and the results can be wonderful.

Blossom On The Branch

Blossom On The Branch

Of course, having the right surface on which to paint helps a lot.  For this "Blossom On The Branch" I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils in a Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook.  This book hold beautiful, smooth 180lb, bright white paper.  Perfect for studies in watercolor pencil.

Blossom On The Branch

My online class "Watercolor Pencils" begins on September 18th.  In this class I will teach a whole range of techniques using watercolor pencils.  Above all else, you'll learn to make the most of the beautiful little sticks of color.

The early bird special registration price ends on May 31st. If you've been thinking of signing up for this class, then now is your chance.  Click here for more information or to register.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Watercolor Pencils" Early Bird Special About To End.

Almost Autumn

There are so many techniques for using watercolor pencil, and I use pretty all of them.  I love watercolor pencil, they are an absolute must-have in pretty much all of my art journaling.

Almost Autumn

In my online class "Watercolor Pencils", I teach you many of these techniques. This hugely popular class has been offered as an e-book class in the past years, but due to popular demand, I am now offering it as a full blown online class. 

Almost Autumn

"Watercolor Pencils" is the first class in the "Water Soluble Series".  It contains ALL NEW material and I'm currently up to my eye-balls in filming.

Almost Autumn

Loaded with video that covers technique, exercises, sketching & drawing tips, painting, projects, and inspiration, this class will have you falling in love with your watercolor pencils.

Class begins on September 18th, 2014.

Almost Autumn


Almost Autumn

I've shown many tips, tutorials, and inspiration over the years using watercolor pencils, click here to see some of those posts.

Almost Autumn

The early bird special for this jam-packed, 6-lesson, forever access, online class ends on May 31st. So if you've been thinking about signing up, now is your chance before the registration fee increases.


(This sketchbook page was done in watercolor pencil and ink)

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, May 26, 2014

Words To Live By


 "Where there is love in the home there is joy in the heart."

~Unknown

Spring Joy

Spring Joy

It's been 3 months since our return to the USA and we are finally beginning to feel grounded again.

Spring Joy

We still have a lot to do to fully settle and our little house needs a lot of work, but spring has taken up residence in the mid-west and our garden is a hive of surprises.

Spring Joy

We feel no need to rush anything, we're just taking in all the beauty that is around us, getting to know our neighbors, enjoying the company of our friends, and watching our children blossom along with the flowers.

Spring Joy

This page was painted some time ago, it was inspired by Brenda Swenson, a wonderful artists who does the most beautiful negative painting I've ever seen. She has a brand new DVD out that teaches the technique and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Although this page is not done in the pure  "negative" style, it was definitely influenced by her.  

It is watercolor and ink in a Stillman & Birn "Beta" sketchbook.

Thanks for stopping by. xxx

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 12

Spring Bird Nest

Welcome to Friday Sketches.  This week I'm reveling in spring which has arrived in all its glory and I don't even know where to begin with sketching. There is so much beauty around me right now it's a little overwhelming. 

Spring Bird Nest

It is important to me to get out with my sketchbook as much as possible and scribble.  My quick sketches are not elegant, and certainly not very good, but my sketchbook is not about perfection, it is about process.

Spring Bird Nest

Sketching helps me sharpen my observation skills, a vital part of being an artists.  Many people shy away from quick sketches because they thing they are not good, but they don't get it!  It's not about being good, it's about doing it. 

 That's why I started Friday Sketches.  I want to encourage as many people as possible to get out with a sketchbook, not a phone or a camera, but a sketchbook.  And only those who try it will understand why it is so important.


Here are some wonderful sketches from the participants of Friday Sketches - Week 11.  

Pencil & Wing
In Laila's Corner
Hawkeseye's heART
Prachee:)
Joy Corcoran
Mixed Up Art
Dazzled By Life

 Thank you to everyone who is sharing there wonderful work, be sure to visit their blogs and let them know you appreciate them.

If you'd like to share your sketchbook or art journal pages, please link your specific post or image using the link below.  And remember, please put  link back to here in your blog post.




(It's also Paint Party Friday, so be sure to get into your Artists Play Room, and get Creative Every Day in your Art Journal Every Day.)
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking in. xx



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Neocolor II

Lily

I love love love playing around with water soluble mediums, they are totally my thing.  Everything I paint is done in some kind of water medium, weather it be paint, pencil, crayon, acrylic, ink, or any number of other options.

Lily

This lily was done using Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastel.  Many artists label them them crayons, but crayons are traditionally non-water soluble and much harder.  

I actually asked Caran d'Ache what they call them, and they told me they prefer them to be known as water soluble wax pastels.

Lily

Lily

Whatever you call them, it doesn't matters.  What matters is they are rich, creamy, vibrant, opaque, and extraordinary.  Much loved by illustrators and art journalers.

Lily


Lily

They are vastly misunderstood, but very popular nonetheless.  I know it has taken me years of experimenting and still I am discovering new ways to use them.

Lily

They are hard to write over, so I often give them a quick squirt of workable fixative before I try.  Have you tried them?  How do you use them?  What tips do you have for us?

Thanks for checking in xx